Posted on September 29, 2011
Qatar participated with a delegation headed by HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada (pictured), Minister of Energy and Industry at the 24th Ministerial Meeting of the Electricity & Water Cooperation Committee on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Abu Dhabi.

It had been preceded by the preparatory meeting of the committee on September 27, 2011 which was attended by a delegation from the Qatar General Electricity and Water Cooperation headed by Eng. Essa Hilal Al Kuwari, Kahramaa President. 

Al-Kuwari announced this meeting aims to develop a number of common issues in both electricity and water sectors in GCC Sates. It followed-up on the implementation of major topics in previous meetings regarding the decisions and recommendations about the appropriate next steps to cooperate to achieve Electricity & Water sustainability in GCC Countries.


At the beginning of the meeting they reviewed the minutes of the preparatory meeting and discussed the agenda for resolutions of ministers of electricity & water. They followed up the implementation of decisions of the 23rd meeting which had been held in Kuwait.
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A main topic was the GCC Interconnection Grid Project, its operation and the advanced stages reached by. The Committee reviewed some submitted proposals for some project’s items modifications such as the adoption of the Authority's budget and some of the terms for energy exchange.

It also discussed the functioning of the technical Joint action committees of electricity and water and the need to unify electricity and water standards that are proposed after the end of a trial period.

The meeting discussed the business and future activities of the electricity and water rationalization Committee, the system of water desalination sources and water treatment system. They also discussed developments in the project to use peaceful nuclear energy in electricity production and water desalination and review of the Dubai Declaration and the work of the Regional Committee for electricity systems, has also been discussed.

Important points concerning the committees and the foundations of mutual cooperation between GCC countries and with international groups were discussed in order to achieve maximum benefit from the experiences of and techniques used in the fields of electricity and water for the sustainability of such services to the citizens of the Gulf States with the highest quality and lowest cost.

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